What makes up the tech stack of the experienced IT recruiter? In this article, we’ve put together a list of tools from real practitioners and industry experts, namely:
- Hung Lee, the CEO of Workshape.io
- Adriaan van der Heijde, a Technical Sourcer/Recruiter for Backbase
- Joe Burridge, a Senior Recruiter for Electronic Arts
- Denis Dinkevych, a Technical Recruiter for Preply
- Neil Matthams, the Founder of Functionn Search & Selection
- Josef Kadlec, the Chief Sourcing Architect and Founder of GoodCall
- Rob van Elburg, a.i. Global IT Recruiter at ING
- Andrew Stetsenko, the CEO and Founder of Relocateme.eu, Relocate and GlossaryTech
These guys have more than 70 years of recruiting experience in total, so you can take this data as the reliable info.
- Google Docs + Google SpreadSheets + Blockspring + IFTT/Zapier integrations + a ton of Google add-ons available in the Chrome Web Store.
- Extensity — to easily manage (enable/disable) all your Chrome extensions.
- Trello — an easy-to-use task/project management tool.
- Gmail-to-Trello — Gmail power optimization + other handy features such as email tracking, “send later”, etc.
- Google Alerts — to easily track all web changes, trends, etc. that you are interested in.
- G-Drive — a no-brainer for organisation and collaboration.
- Data-Miner.io — for scraping data from web pages and into a CSV file or Excel spreadsheet.
- Save to Pocket — allows you to catch and save all of the discovered data. Must have!
- Calend.ly — to manage your schedule.
- Monosnap — a fast and easy to use screenshot tool.
- Dropbox — for sharing docs with a team.
- Scanner Pro — a handy app to quickly scan any doc; available for iOS and Android.
- Slack — a great team collaboration tool. It can also be used for talent hunting.
- Advanced Google Search
- Shane’s Facebook Intelligence Search
- Textkernel semantic search solution
- Aevy — scours the web to help you find and get in touch with skilled candidates.
- Hiretual — a complete sourcing, screening/analytics and a bit of ATS solution.
- Elucify — never waste time searching for prospect emails again. Find any business email address, target your leads with laser precision.
- OctoHR — provides brief analytics about candidate’s GitHub profile activities and has some search features.
- Goodwin from Relink Labs — a free service powered by the Relink Goodwin API. It’s still in beta but already allows you to do research by a job title. It will come up with the related previous jobs, relevant areas, keywords, and anything else that can be useful while doing role-related research.
- Crystal — a complete solution for personality type screening.
- PDF Search Engine — a handy customized search engine for finding candidates’ resumes through the web.
- SourceHub — a free and complete X-ray builder for more than 15 social media platforms from the Social Talent community.
- RecruitEm — a free and super handy X-ray builder for LinkedIn, GitHub, StackOverflow, Dribble, Google+, Twitter and even Xing.
- InHiro — allows you to bookmark candidates from the web as you browse their social profiles.
- MultiHighlighter — a super handy and absolutely free tool. Sourcing for a specific skill set? Just enter your keywords and the extension will highlight each of them on the page.
Sourcing on GitHub and LinkedIn
- Git Search — cool upgrades on the GitHub advanced search capabilities.
- GitHub Search — the same as the above mentioned but more search features are available.
- GitHub-find — allows you to find similar repositories on GitHub.
- Git-Awards — top users by a programming language, repositories star ranking, country, city, etc. Really handy and free to use!
- WhatRuns — allows you to see what tech stack is currently used by the website/company.
- Datacruit — enables you to bookmark visited profiles on LinkedIn and save notes within the candidate’s profile.
- GlossaryTech — scans and highlights all the technical terms mentioned in the profile, provides their clear, concise definitions, as well as allow you to filter the terms by category (Front-end, Back-end, QA, etc.).
- ClickMeeting — video interviews, conferences, webinars and other similar stuff.
- Interact — a free tech interviewing platform that is capable of conducting live coding interviews as well as creating all kinds of pre-evaluation tasks.
- Pramp — a similar platform to the above, but with a bit different functionality included.
- Travefy — to make your final interview itinerary look sharp.
- Email Auto Extractor — easy extraction of emails from the web page, social media profile, etc.
- Email Permutator + Rapportive — generates all possible candidate’s emails and verifies each of them in Gmail, until Rapportive says that there’s a match. Easy as it actually is.
- Mybulkemailverifier.com — a free bulk email verifier. Upload a CSV file or add manually — both options are acceptable.
- ManyContacts — a superb tool which extracts all emails from the web page (even if it’s a Google spreadsheet with a huge amount of emails) and allows you to see what social media accounts are related to each of the emails.
- ContactOut — a free tool for finding candidates’ emails that allows you to extract LinkedIn profile data to the specific Google Spreadsheet in your Google Drive.
- Mixmax — great for email management and has some awesome features, including a calendar tool.
- Nymeria — an email finder for both personal and business emails.
- Lusha — finds email addresses and phone numbers from anywhere on the web, with just one click.
- Prophet — finds emails, phone numbers, social profiles and more.
- Greenhouse — an ATS and recruiting software for the entire hiring process.
- Entelo — provides a large net of candidates due to it being a data aggregator; much better for those harder to find candidates.
- Close.io — inside sales software CRM with calling and emailing.
- Gorgias Templates — handy templates/snippets to paste in this very moment.
- Textio — AI powered job descriptions and cold recruiting emails analysis.
- Text Expander — enables you to instantly insert snippets of text from a repository of emails, boilerplate and other content as you type — using a quick search or abbreviation.
- Auto Text Expander — another tool to create custom keyboard shortcuts to expand and replace text as you type.
- Grammarly for Chrome — helps to eliminate your grammar errors and even detect plagiarism and check the contextual spell (for the premium subscription users ).
- Mixmax — allows you to send engaging emails with instant scheduling, free unlimited email tracking, polls, and surveys right in Gmail.
- Yesware —an email tracking and follow-up tool.
- Doubletick — email tracking for Gmail.
- YAMM — one more tool for mail merge.
- MailerLite — affordable (free for up to 1000 subscribers (=candidates) in the list) email marketing software for your cold recruiting efforts. Responsive HTML email templates, A/B testing and much more are available with a freemium subscription.
To Learn Some Code
- CodeFights — cool challenges on every programming languages. A truly engaging coding journey for all levels.
- SoloLearn — how-to courses on each programming language. Challenges and a public glossary — very informative for newbies.
- FreeCodeCamp — free, open-sourced certification for responsive web development enthusiasts. A certificate of completion is available for free.
- Codecademy — one more great resource to become a programmer.
As Rob van Elburg noted, “Recruitment tools are important. But don’t overrate it. Hiring managers want hires. And it doesn’t matter how you find them… via boolean search, smart algorithms, trendy events, or being drunk in a nerd pub.”